As expected, Republican Linda McMahon and Democrat Chris Murphy will face off in November for the right to succeed Joe Lieberman in the U.S. Senate.
With 77% of the precincts reporting at 10 p.m., McMahon was soundly defeating former U.S. Rep. Christopher Shays with 76% of the vote. Meanwhile, Murphy cruised by Bysiewicz, the Middletown native and former Secretary of the State, by a comfortable 66% to 34% margin.
In the Fifth Congressional District, Elizabeth Esty emerged on the Democratic side with a convincing 43% to 34% margin (as of 10 p.m.) over the embattled Chris Donovan, once considered the strong frontrunner before a campaign-finance scandal involving several members of his staff, and dark-horse Dan Roberti (23%).
Republicans in the Fifth District went down to the wire, with favorite Andrew Roraback pulling it out with 34% of the vote, followed by Mark Greenberg (28%), Lisa Wilson-Foley (19%) and Justin Bernier (19%) as of 10 p.m.
In the Second Congressional District, East Lyme restaurateur Paul Formica was running away with the Republican primary over Madison’s Daria Novak by about a 2-to-1 ratio, as of 9 p.m. and was declared the winner.
In the 33rd state senate race, Jim Crawford is victorious over Mary Ellen Klinck in the Democratic primary. Crawford received 2,504 votes to Klinck's 2,005 votes.
How CLINTON voted:
In the Republican Primary:
Linda McMahon won with 370 votes
Christopher Shays had 115 votes
Representative in Congress:
Paul Formica had 215 votes
Daria Novak won with 236 votes
In the Democratic Primary:
Christopher Murphy won with 369 votes
Susan Bysiewicz had 178 votes
James Crawford won with 441 votes
Mary Ellen Klinck had 97 votes
Registrar of voters said about 489 Republicans and 540 Democrats voted in today's primary in Clinton.